Hazy Sunshine: Striving for a more inclusive vision.

Via on Jul 24, 2010

Sun over Lake Michigan

A vague sense of confusion presents itself when I favor the shallow perception.

I saw the freshly hatched sun today over Lake Michigan. It rises as an expression of hope.

Why is the sun hidden sometimes (like every night!)? I have the privilege of education so I get the earth spinning and revolving around the sun explanation… There might be more. This scientific understanding also says something about our consciousness. We are aware of the sun existing even when we don’t see it. Or are we? Apparently this is an ability we get at a pretty young age. There is a time when Mommy has left the room, and we understand that she is not gone forever, and we “see” that she has only left temporarily. And then there’s a time when someone dies, and even though they are not available to be seen like they used to be, they are still there in consciousness similar to the sun when we can’t see it.

The weather forecast called for hazy sunshine… I guess this is it. I seem to have awareness without clarity.

I understand that the sun is hidden when I can’t see it, but when it is gone from my direct experience it’s almost like I forget to believe in it. Sometimes it is just a lonely, dark night.

There is also a sense of mystery about things that exist outside what can be immediately seen, and sometimes the joy cannot be held back. This often happens when I practice a yoga posture—joy starts coming out! I don’t know from where, and what does it matter. I enjoy the joy! And I am thrilled by the rising sun.

* Article offered with gratitude from the archives of Yogic Muse *

About Brooks Hall

Brooks Hall is a Yogic Muse from Chicago, Illinois. In this capacity she teaches Yoga, writes about Yoga, and generally enjoys it. You can find her at: brookshall.blogspot.com.

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7 Responses to “Hazy Sunshine: Striving for a more inclusive vision.”

  1. Awareness without clarity…great way of putting it…

    • Brooks Hall Brooks Hall says:

      Thanks, oh highly revered master of the Yoga Cynic Sutra…
      I think I might also say: head-knowledge without really feelin’ it. And yoga seems to be the best way to get into that ‘feelin’ it’ state!! Maybe I just needed to practice… Then, at the same time, I think it’s good to just feel things, and not to trick my body chemistry into feeling good when it might be reasonable to experience something else…

  2. Hi, Brooks.

    Funny you should write about this today. I was just about to post the following on Twitter–one of those rare compact but powerful ideas that doesn't require any more that 140 characters. It's the cosmic version of what you wrote above, and it's the essential heart of Yoga philosophy:

    The universe and each of us are always infinitely wondrous. The only thing limited is our ability to absorb it.

    Bob Weisenberg
    YogaDemystified.com

    • Brooks Hall Brooks Hall says:

      Thanks, Bob. That’s a good way to sum things up!

      And while this is true, the way of yoga for me includes exploring limitations. Even though philosophically we might think we understand the concept of limitlessness, in our bodies there are limits, and as we explore this there is potential to understand beyond our limitations. Somehow I do believe that studying the limitedness of the way our bodies and minds work is a way to move deeper with yoga. It’s definitely more grounded to consider ones self (including limitations) in the grand scheme of yoga, otherwise these expansive words like ‘infinitely wonderous’ can have a really out-of-body (or fantasy) sensibity. I want to participate, and bring my full self to this process: body and mind.

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